The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our two sons (Niko and Louie) and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Our Good Members

Lisa Carmen
Emily McDermott
Tom Gilbertson
Julie Clarke
Hannah Filer
Jill Eshelman
Alice Williams
zeynep aydogdu
Jessica Kosai
Isabelle Hobbs
Jason Danely
Nina Lande
Christina Oliveri
Karishma Changlani
Lisa Strange
James Ross-Edwards
Emma Gabrielle
Georgia Harper
Sophie Albert
Katee Glass
Dani Macaroni
Rick Theiner
James Swanton
Whitney Smith
Gemma Painter
Jose Luis
Hilary Mackie
Emily R
Cathy Bellanca
Bailey Hagen
Nina Pi
Lucy Smith
Anna Bethea
Ariana Napoletano
Andrew Lewis
Natasha Du Prez
Jayne Huddleston
Trinity Miller-Aragon
Coty N
Lee Rusch
Kage Jaxen
Lauren Tothero
Levit Mendoza
Lulu Eltounh
Katrina Cordes
Kai Jellinghaus
Marian Buck-Murray
Lisa W
Rooie Mulligan
Matthew B
Luke Harris
Macy Anderson
Adrienne Keller
Michelle Page
Tiong Hee Khoo
Micheal Beatty
Teesa Houston
Rachel C Boller
Mystique Vue
Dan Hammond
Paul Curson
Diana Frost
Robert Albright Jr
Ragtime Annie
Jordan Lindgren
Christy Carlyle
Toby Sklute
Madeleine Eno
Shawn Brackett
samia qadri
Paige BJ
Peter L
Imran Shakoor
Mar Rom
Peonia To
Margot Georgia
Cathy Gatto-Brennan
Brittany Stark
Kelly YUAN
Yumi Pak
Sean Amber
Tara Whitney
Lucinda Light

Notes of inspiration from members

3 cups

I was the kid who loved math and science, I taught myself algebra at 6. Writing anything was my bete noire all through school. Then I got an English teacher Nora T. Bxxxxxx in high school who wrote on a paper “This is so bad it’s almost funny”. I was humiliated. Then came the day I wanted to write a book, I have struggled to get it done. Mel Robbins recommended you. I was saved. I write every day and its easy. Thank you for this refuge, you have saved many I am sure. If I can do it, anybody can.

Testimonial Note from Deborah Lloyd on Tue, Jun 02
1 cup

750 words is a godsend to me. Knowing that I will lose my streak is just the motivation I need to make sure that I stick with it every day. Even when things are tough, I get my writing done and that always feels amazing. I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without 750 words!

Testimonial Note from Pattie on Mon, Jun 01
1 cup

750 words made me realize that it feels good to write. Earlier I used to dread the task of writing. This site made the process frictionless. I also felt that writing helped when I felt lost/ confused or lacked clarity. This site is great and I’ll definitely recommend it to friends who want to try the morning pages.

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Mon, Jun 01
10 cups
Removal of Rating Feature

This is a kind request to remove the Rating feature. Only recently did I notice that there was a Rating to my daily entries. What a shock it was to see what seems to be a censorship feature to the site.
I was greatly saddened by seeing a rating of R when there is not one syllable of “violence” or “sexual content” in my entry. Haiku love poems. Celebration of life. Gratitude for beauty. My writing has certainly changed since I noticed the Rating after every entry.

I tried to see if it is optional even, but there doesn’t seem to be an opt out of the censorship / Rating feature.

Wondering what the purpose is?

Perhaps this has been addressed already.

For the first time ever I am seriously considering leaving the site. Have been so happy & content here. Wrote my first Haiku poems in decades today!

I wonder if anyone reads this.

With care.

New Feature Request Note from LaFemmeEnRouge on Sun, May 31
1 cup

Children have a huge affinity for new things. It attracts them like a magnet. But like when a magnet meets a piece of steel unchecked the magnet might shatter. As adults we first have to keep them afar, then to cushion them from meeting and coach them how to approach life safely but without fear.

Testimonial Note from Emil E de Villiers on Sun, May 31
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments

I really don’t have a lot of suggestions for improvement for 750 Words, but sure, it would be fun to have some more cute badges to earn. :)

New Feature Vote from Annette G on Sun, May 31
1 cup

I am a super anxious person and as a busy mum of three and a business owner, I am juggling a lot of plates in the air. I love to sit down first thing in a morning and dump everything on my mind – my worries, things I need to do, insites that I have come to me etc and then I feel like I can then start my day with a clean slate. I never start with a plan in mind, I just start typing what is in my head at that moment and then anything else that pops in goes down too. I have only been doing it for 7 days so it’s not quite a habit but I think that it will soon become one. I am quite a competitive person, who likes an end goal in mind and so the badges are really good for motivating me :)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sun, May 31
1 cup
An iPhone/iPad app

I would love to have access to an iphone/ipad app for this site. Increasing accessibility to this habit-building practice would be fantastic, thank you.

New Feature Vote from Emma Bust on Wed, May 27
1 cup
Secure server for writing

I’ve been a member since 2011, and hope to be more active this year. I appreciate the simplicity of the website but I am indeed interested in a more secure server for my writing. Happy writing- from gal sitting and writing away.

New Feature Vote from Emi on Sun, May 24
1 cup

I just signed up for 750 Words and became a patron. There are tons of sites out there telling you what you have to do to become a good writer; one day, I counted 22 that actually had sent me info on my email feed – mostly unsolicited. So I decided to take an hour and peruse them. 21 of them had spelling and syntax errors, which I cannot abide. If you’re gonna tell me what I need to do, I hope it comes across as “Do as I do; do as I say.” LOL

But I digress. This site looks to me as a great catalyst to get my writing going. I write every day, but because of other interests, capabilities, responsibilities and whatnot, I haven’t followed through. Everyone tells me I write well – I’ve done standup comedy, many business keynote speeches and seminars, articles for my craft, etc., etc. – but nothing for ME. Something towards some kind of legacy.

So here goes…

Testimonial Note from John L Ware on Thu, May 21
1 cup
save a good idea - my bucket list

I was writing my first note today and there was a sentence I wrote that gave me an idea I wanted to place in a bucket list – good thought, good idea, which I could easily receive- after all my rambling. It would work like a separate form, where we could copy and paste our best thoughts, phrases etc for fast retrieval. It does not have to have any specific order. Just a blank page would do. You can then improve this to notes or something.

New Feature Request Note from ANDREA VERONICA HUGGARD CAINE RETI on Wed, May 20
5 cups
iA writer integration

iA writer lets you publish to wordpress/medium/etc. Would be neat if I could write in their editor and get my streak information from there. Maybe an API could be exposed to pull current stats like current streak, total words. And another to save/update today’s writing. Of course, this is a huge integration task between two different products from different people/companies, but I’d love for something like this.

New Feature Request Note from Jamie Crisman on Tue, May 19
1 cup

Sitting down on this website has helped my writing immensely! It gets my brain moving and story lines that I didn’t even know where in there come out on 750 words. I’m so glad I stumbled across it on Pintrest!! It is nice to have a place that I know I can just dump my thoughts on and it will be saved for my eyes only. Thanks a bunch!!

Testimonial Note from Sarah Rostance on Tue, May 19
1 cup
More text analysis

The text analysis aspect is fascinating to me, I would love to see more of it as well as refinement of it. For example, it seems as though “them” is not considered as a singular person pronoun referring to a nonbinary person, and while it makes sense that is not the most common use for it, it would be interesting to see that as an option for the text analysis.

New Feature Vote from Akira Kurusu on Mon, May 18
5 cups

This is day 1523 of my streak of writing here every single day. I can hardly believe it. Back in 2016, a friend started talking about this site. All I could think was, I don’t need a website to get me to write. Eventually, though, she wore me down and I tried it. And I’ve been here every day since.

I didn’t know that I had the discipline to write that regularly. But here I am, having written over 1,269,000 words! That’s over a million! My husband keeps asking how many books do I have in all those words!

I didn’t think I would last long at all on this site. But it was the thrill of the badges, and now I have 19 of them. But the time between badges gets longer, the longer I write here. I checked earlier this year and there are only 5 badges that I haven’t earned. Sooo, I decided that this month, May, I would earn the NaNo badge. That’s 50,000 words in one month! I’m on track to make it, too! With just under 20,000 words remaining after today, this 18th day of May.

I am really grateful for this site for the discipline and the encouragement it has given me. Which was obviously always in me, just needed an accountability system!

Thank you!

Testimonial Note from Barbara McNeely on Mon, May 18
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Cath Bignell on Mon, May 18
2 cups
Secure server for writing
New Feature Vote from Christiaan Hendriksen on Mon, May 18
1 cup
Less features - more whitespace

I’m thrilled with this idea and using the tool. I find all the frills distracting and would be happy if you stick with the basic word processor and the daily writing journal boxes at the top. I appreciate the intention to hook me into the larger community of writers, but my writing habit is personal and I’m not interested in being ‘social’ here, as much as I’m interested in features that keep me accountable to myself. Thanks for the great work and inspiration to become a writer.

New Feature Request Note from billy bicket on Sun, May 17
1 cup

I find this concept of this so great. When i did this regularly i did see changes in my emotions. Writing is good for the soul and i am looking forward to getting back into it!.

Testimonial Note from Amy Marie Ansell on Thu, May 14
3 cups
More text analysis

I adore this feature, but I want MORE!

New Feature Vote from Autumn Valente on Wed, May 13
1 cup
More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Autumn Valente on Wed, May 13
6 cups
During this truly difficult time, 750 Words has been my lifeboat. At the end of the day I can pour out all of my emotions… I can rant, swear, daydream, and imagine. It is a journal that is always there in the palm of my hand. No pens to find, no notebooks to carry. Just knowing that I am sharing this space with hundreds of other humans going through very similar things – purging our pain in separate harmony… somehow that really helps.

I am grateful for 750 Words. It keeps me sane.

Testimonial Note from Autumn Valente on Wed, May 13
5 cups

Two Hundred days today!
I have been a member of 750 words since 2011 and finally managed to pull off a 200 day streak.
It was amazing Providence that I had started a streak well before COVID-19 turned our world upside down. This made it much easier to keep going even with all the kids home and my creative spark dried up by anxiety.
Writing my daily successes and gratitude is one of the few things that has kept me even-keeled these last 9(!) weeks of isolation.
Thank you Buster and Kellianne!

Testimonial Note from Sara Corryn Sumner on Wed, May 13
3 cups
Kid friendly version

Hi, I am loving your website and the accountability it creates to keep me writing. Thanks!
I have a daughter who is keen to do some writing and I am wondering if there could be a kid friendly version where they could earn the same badges but by writing a smaller number of words. For many elementary school kids 250 a day would be a feat and then perhaps in junior high it could go to 500 and in high school up to 750. I think this could inspire future generations of writers!

New Feature Request Note from Beth Chester on Mon, May 11
3 cups
Kid friendly version

Hi, I am loving your website and the accountability it creates to keep me writing. Thanks!
I have a daughter who is keen to do some writing and I am wondering if there could be a kid friendly version where they could earn the same badges but by writing a smaller number of words. For many elementary school kids 250 a day would be a feat and then perhaps in junior high it could go to 500 and in high school up to 750. I think this could inspire future generations of writers!

New Feature Request Note from Beth Chester on Mon, May 11
1 cup

Getting close to my 30 day streak! Grateful for 750 words as I begin my week. It helps me find a semblance of clarity in my thoughts and process my worries & hopes for the time ahead. Thanks again for a great site!

Testimonial Note from Matt on Mon, May 11
1 cup

I love how this has been working for me. i have been able to write alot more and start to organize lessons from my writing. i love how it breaks down emotions of your writing and the tracker helps push to the minimum 750 words

Testimonial Note from shelley kingma-kitchen on Mon, May 11
2 cups

I just got my 100 day streak!! Augh!!! And on Mother’s Day! Ok, so for me, this is a showing that I can be consistent and I can hold to the goals I set for myself. Seems pretty simple – just write 750 words a day. They don’t even have to make sense! Often times, they are just musing from my day, other times they are a short story and sometimes they actually have some substance and meaning behind them. I love 750 words! My husband is still shocked that I am still using it!!

Testimonial Note from Mary Hamm on Sun, May 10
2 cups

I started writing as part of a challenge in another group I was in. We were supposed to write each day for a week. I like typing more than writing so this seemed a good choice. Once I started, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I never kept a diary, never wrote in a journal but somehow this is such a wonderful outlet. I write about my day, how I feel – perhaps a short story. Whatever I want. I encourage you to try it – try it for a week, a month if you’re daring. It might change everything.

Testimonial Note from Nicolle Mode on Sun, May 10
5 cups

Just popping in to express gratitude for this app/venue. I return to it after a long time away, but it’s such a familiar/friendly interface that getting back into the groove always seems possible. Hope everybody’s okay out there in this pandemic and that writing practice is providing some kind of goodness in your lives.

Testimonial Note from Liz Ahl on Sun, May 10